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Two Design Heads Are Better Than One

Four splashy new design collaborations, from super-count surfboards to arty arty sneakers.


Casey McCrystal + Kiton Surfboard 

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Zio Ziegler + Vans

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Cynthia Rowley + J. Crew

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Jenni Kayne + Pottery Barn Kids

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Typically, suits and surf don’t mix. But Ventura surfboard shaper Casey McCrystal and Italian menswear outfitter Kiton just kicked off an unlikely collaboration: handmade, one-of-a-kind surfboards inlaid with Kiton’s luxurious suiting fabrics. “We find that the pure cashmeres work best,” says Kiton general manager Fritz Boneberg, who takes his own McCrystal board out to Ocean Beach. From $2,000 at Kiton, 207 Grant Ave. (At Post St.)

Local artist Zio Ziegler is best known for his graphic murals that swirl across walls from mid-Market to the Sunset. This summer, skater brand Vans is partnering with the 26-year-old for its first Vans Classics Off the Wall Gallery series. The collection, inspired by ’90s graffiti and naïve art, includes three limited-edition styles: the Sk8-Hi Reissue, Authentic lace-ups, and Classic slip-ons. From $55 at Vans, 845 Market St. (At 5th St.) 

Neoprene may still be having a runway moment, but this summer, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley is bringing it back where it belongs: the beach. The Montauk surfer’s new surf and swim collection for J.Crew is as utilitarian as it is eye-catching, offering two short, color-blocked wetsuits and a sporty black neoprene bikini. $210 at

“Having children doesn’t mean sacrificing style,” declares fashion designer Jenni Kayne. The Los Angeles mother of two is proving her point with a new 50-piece home collection for Pottery Barn Kids, arriving in stores this month. The whimsical, colorful stash features bedding, lighting, rugs, wall art, decor, and furniture, like these parent-pleasing Spindle chairs. $79 at Pottery Barn Kids, 1600 Redwood Hwy. (At Tamalpais Dr.), Ste. D045, Corte Madera


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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